This piece explores the connections between lead plaintiffs’ lawyer Steven Donziger and the Government of Ecuador:
A nagging question has always been at the center of crusading attorney Steven Donziger’s $100 billion lawsuit against Chevron over pollution in the Ecuadorean jungle: Why isn’t he suing the government of Ecuador? While Chevron’s Texaco unit operated the wells until 1990, Petroecuador, the state-owned oil company, was majority owner for most of that time and took over operations after Texaco left the country. If shoddy drilling practices have poisoned tens of thousands of Ecuadoreans, as Donziger alleges, surely the owner of the business should bear some of the blame.
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